A Facebook whistleblower revealed her identity in a Sunday night interview while trashing the social media giant for prioritizing divisive content over safety to garner higher profits.
Frances Haugen, 37, spoke out publicly for the first time since quitting Facebook in May when the company dismantled her unit that attempted to address misinformation on the popular platform.
Before leaving the company, Haugen copied thousands of pages on internal documents — some of which had already been reported on — to back up her claims.
“The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” Haugen said on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
“Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money,” said Haugen.
Haugen, a data scientist from Iowa, linked what she characterized as Facebook’s inaction in squashing misinformation to the Jan. 6 US Capital riot.